Mustaches have gone through many different shapes and styles over the years. No matter whether you simply want a fantastic mustache that will complement your full beard or you want to go full Selleck, you need to know the basics of mustache care.
One of the fundamentals of mustache care is knowing how to use mustache wax. This product is the ideal way to train your mustache to stay out of your mouth as it grows, and it makes styling your Stache a breeze. In this guide, we're going to take a look at how to use mustache wax and how to shape your mustache into a work of follicular art.
Are you ready to learn more? Then read on, young Viking, and get ready to make your mustache better than ever!
Set a Goal
Before you embark on your mustache journey, there are a few factors that come into play. Genetics is and always will be the deciding factor as part of this journey. Essentially if you have the genes, then it comes down to two things, commitment and style.
While the proper use of mustache wax will in fact help keep the hairs out of your mouth, the journey to get there can be mentally and physically challenging. You may find yourself one day giving up and decide to trim. This is where commitment comes into play to achieve your goal. Stay strong, don’t give up yet!
The other part about setting a goal is, it’s okay to trim if all you want is to have a nice little handle bar mustache with a little curl on the ends. However, if you want to go full blown big curl or long Salvador Dali pointed tips, then trimming the hairs that are directly beneath your nose should be avoided at all costs.
Those that have large luscious mustache curls fight the urge to trim because you need all those hairs under your nose to build the base that holds the ends of the handle bar in place. Without this foundation, your mustache will fight a constant battle to stay held up and in place.
Understanding Mustache Wax
Before we move on, let's take a quick look at what mustache wax is. If you've ever seen people with elegantly styled mustaches or mustaches that curl upwards in a dramatic fashion, you've seen mustache wax in action.
The best mustache wax is made out of natural ingredients like beeswax, lanolin, and a selection of oils.
Now, we hear what you're saying. Why should you use mustache wax instead of hair wax?
Mustache wax needs to be stiffer than hair wax, as you'll regularly be touching your face, eating, and doing other things that could otherwise put your mustache out of shape.
It also needs to be safe to use and made from natural, healthy ingredients, as you may well ingest a small amount of it occasionally without notice.
If you want to use any mustache products, you need to start with a good wax that will take care of the hair and doesn't include any ingredients that could make you sick.
How to Use Mustache Wax
Now that we've looked at what mustache wax is, it's time to take a closer look at how to use it effectively. Let's get started!
Heat Your Wax
Mustache wax, at room temperature, isn't exactly pliable. Warming the wax makes it a lot easier to use and won't leave chunks of wax in your mustache.
You've got a few options when it comes to warming it up. You can scrape up a little with your nail and then rub it between your thumb and forefinger, allowing the heat of your body to soften it. You could also choose to keep their mustache wax tin in your front pocket allowing your body heat to soften the wax in the tin.
However, this approach may not always work depending on the consistency and ingredients of the wax. When that happens, we recommend that you heat the wax with a hairdryer, or if it's safe to, leave it on top of a heater to soften.
However you warm your wax, it should now be a lot more pliable.
Get the Right Amount
A little bit of wax goes a very long way. You don't want too much, or you can end up with an overly stiff and sticky mustache.
You should use your nail or the back of your finger to scoop up a piece that's around half the size of a pea. If you've got a bigger mustache or this hasn't done the job, you can always add some more later.
Rub it between your index finger and thumb to soften it up a little more and you're good to go!
Applying the Wax
Now that the wax is on your fingers, it's time to start putting it onto your mustache! Start rubbing it onto the mustache, working from the center of your lip out to the edges. Styling this way helps you to apply the wax with the grain, which makes styling your Stache much easier.
Some people prefer to use both hands, one for each side. If you want to do it this way, feel free.
When you've got the wax spread out across the length of your mustache, you can use a comb to straighten it out and style it. As the wax cools it will harden and hold your Stache in your desired position.
Now that you know how to use mustache wax, it's time to take a look at some more advanced tips and some mistakes that you should avoid. Let's get started.
Avoid Using Beard Oil on Your Mustache
We'd recommend that you avoid using beard oil on your mustache. The oil will have a softening effect on the hairs, which will inhibit the wax from holding your mustache in place.
Train Early Train Often
If you already have the start of a decent mustache or you are on your way to growing one, a key investment is a mustache comb. Begin training the mustache hairs to the outside by combing from the center and out towards the corner of the mouth.
Take your time when using a mustache comb. The teeth of a mustache comb are finer and you will find that slower is faster and less painful.
Even on days when you don’t wear mustache wax and decide to maybe do oil and balm or oil and butter, still train the hairs. As time goes on, you will find your Stache will begin to retain its shape and it will become easier to style.
Take Your Time
Mustache wax can be difficult to apply, especially the first few times. We'd recommend that you set aside some time to apply your wax and make sure that you get it the way you like. It'll take less time the more practice you get.
Keep Your Stache Styles Simple
It can be tempting to go for a handlebar mustache or a more advanced style from the get-go. These styles take a long time to perfect and aren't something for an amateur, but don’t be discouraged. Set a goal and practice!
Only Apply Once Per Day
You should only apply wax once per day, at least at the start. If you have a bushy mustache, you may need to apply it once or twice more throughout the day, but for most people, once per day will be enough.
Styling your mustache should be fun! Don't take yourself too seriously and enjoy styling your Stache: if you don't like the results, you can always wash the wax out!
Now You Know How to Wax Your Mustache
We hope you've enjoyed this guide on how to use mustache wax. This simple little tool is an essential part of any stylish man's mustache care kit. Follow the tips that we've given you, and you'll be able to tame your facial hair into a whole range of spectacular new shapes.
Take your time and find a great mustache style that you love!